Spider-Man movies: Ranking every Spider-Man movie before No Way Home

Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.
Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME. /
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3. Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 is what most people consider the magnum opus for Spider-Man films, and honestly, they have a great argument. Spider-Man 2 completely changed what a superhero movie could be, and instead took a more dramatic approach involving grief, loss, and self discovery.

Spider-Man 2 fully explored Peter’s life on his own. This film went into depths about his money struggles, attempts at advancing his career (both at the Daily Bugle and in his academic field), and his attempts at trying to woo over Mary Jane one final time. This film separated Spider-Man from Peter in a perfect way, and really showed how much being Spider-Man can weigh on the average person.

But, it also showed how much Peter has to be Spider-Man. Not just for everyone else, but for himself as well. Without Spider-Man, Peter isn’t whole, and you can see and feel. The train scene in this film is what sticks out the most as Peter does everything he can to save these people. He, quite literally, puts his body on the line to protect people he doesn’t even know, and he does this while being unmasked. This isn’t Spider-Man saving these people, it’s Peter; a college kid, and as one passenger says, “no older than my son.”

We also were given, similar to Spider-Man, an all-time villain performance from Alfred Molina. Molina’s Doc Ock was monumental for what a Superhero villain could be. Molina was relatable, and you really felt for his character throughout the film.

Truthfully, Spider-Man 2 is much more than just a Spider-Man film. It encompasses so much more, and really pulls the best out of everyone on screen. The moments were real, and the feeling of watching these play out, even today, still bring so much joy. Some of the most iconic Spider-Man scenes of all time – most notably the aforementioned train scene – came from this film, and this is definitely Tobey’s best outing as the character.;